Perhaps one of the most inventive, controversial, outspoken, and respected directors working in Hollywood today, Quentin Tarantino has always projected a certain nous ne savons quoi that keeps him in demand and ahead of the pack.
Notable for his personal eccentricities as much as his didactic and unique directorial style, Tarantino is foremost a creature of habit, often lending his films a definitive look and feel that locks it into his ultra-specific and crafted universe. It’s fairly easy to identify threads throughout all of his films. There’s the “Trunk Shot,” the ubiquitous use of completely original brands such as Red Apple Cigarettes or Fruit Brute cereal, the repeat casting of certain actors or actresses – Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman, for example – amongst many others.
Another notable Tarantino-ism is rooted in the hyper-referential nature of his movies, which are often built of out expansive pastiches of various genres films – specifically Westerns, Noirs, Crime, Exploitation and Kung-Fu movies. With his recent win for Best Original Screenplay at this year’s Academy Awards for “Django Unchained,” Tarantino has secured his place in the pantheon of cinema demi-gods, conferring a reputation as one of the most vital American filmmakers working today. Here are a few interesting factoids drawn from Tarantino’s nearly two decade career in the movies:
1. Tarantino was elected as Head Judge at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival where his film “Pulp Fiction” won the Palme D’or, the top prize, ten years prior.
2. “True Romance,” which was directed by Tony Scott, was written by Tarantino and sold off so he could finance what would become his first feature length film, “Reservoir Dogs.”
3. Each of his movies, with the exception of 2007’s “Death Proof,” feature a cast member of Martin Scorsese’s “Mean Streets.”
4. Tarantino has turned down the chance to direct various major Hollywood blockbusters including, “Speed,” “Men in Black,” and episodes of the cult television show, “The X-Files.”
5. Tarantino’s production company, A Band Apart, is named for the Jean-Luc Goddard film of the same name (“Bande á part”), which launched the French New Wave; a stylistic movement which Tarantino draws heavily from in all his films.
“The Trunk Shot”